On hearing about their often disastrous travels, a listener feels unfortunately less than empathetic, and can't help laughing out loud at this very funny account of the trail our optimistic travellers take, and at their eternal and endearing joy at the world and its potential discoveries.
Read beautifully by Andrew Sachs.
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What a strange book. I would think it was a children's book if it weren't so gruesome in parts. Romps through at a rapid pace the trek throughout the world of a silly naive man and his philosophical friends. Basically telling you, don't think too much, just work hard and enjoy life. Think Voltaire would have been quicker to just read the Bible, John 16:33 "here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows, but take heart, because I have overcome the world". Also found the little ditties from Saint-Saens fossils between each chapter added the the speed of the romp, and a bit unnecessary.
I join the thousands - millions? - who adore this book. hilarious, skillful and downright stunning, this gripper of a tale mocks the Enlightenment with such wit one cannot put this down!!!!!!
The audio edition brings clarity to the multiplicity of characters and the performance animates each one in a memorable way. To me, this makes the audio version compelling in a much different way from the book.
All of the characters are compelling. The pastiche created by the entirety is what makes the work great.
I have not listened to any other Andrew Sachs performances but plan to.
The book is hilarious and, as a result, horrifying because of the compelling and biting satire ensconced within the clever and brilliant writing.
"SO glad I picked this up."
I have learned a bit about the French Revolution and I had learned that very much of it was inspired by Voltaire and it made me we want to understand a bit about him. I got this with a pretty good deal and I absolutely adore it. The reading, or should I say acting, is completely superb. The characters all have such wonderful voices that really bring out the characteristics of that person. the attitude, the humor, and the tragedy are so wonderfully displayed in this I really recommend it to anyone who is in the mood for fun, almost satirical poke at the world, and the ways of the human race. I just finished it, and the next book I'm going to listen to? This one. Again.
"Why the music?"
Story was good, narrator, very good; but the musical interludes were too frequent and much too long. The music didn't enhance the experience, but rather seemed out of place
"A wonderful classic."
I very much enjoyed this timeless classic. Work keeps at bay the three great evils, boredom, vice, and need.
"Entertaining, funny, and endearing"
Outstanding characterisation, excellent expression to convey humour and the hyperbole.
Candide- is just so accepting of everything and gracious to all. He seems to be lacking in the darker side of human nature.
Difficult to say as it is a heroic romp through the world.
Yes, I listened to it in one sitting.
Highly recommend this, it is satire at its best!
"Rather read this one."
I found the narrator and the book very good. However, The book is so intense I wished to understand every word, which I don't insist upon in other cases, and since English is not my mother tongue I rather read this one to fully enjoy it.
"Again I read this for the first time when I was 13"
I read this first when I was 13 because I thought it would annoy the nuns. I enjoyed it immensely, especially since the pbs series came out before I was finished with that first reading. I read this again in college. Now a third time,I wonder what I haven't read it more. each time more insight.
"The Existentialist's telenovela"
It is a light read that uses events, rather than introspection, to explore a philosophical concept.
"Funnier than I expected"
Happily ridiculous adventure.
I guess a lot of people read this in school. I hadn't touched it till I turned 30. Didn't know anything about the story and had very low expectations. Fortunately I was delighted and entertained nearly the whole way through. I recommend this situational comedy to anyone that enjoys satire and facepalms.
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